Friluftsliv on the urban fringe
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In the 2014 winter season I embarked upon a one month journey through the prominent places of friluftsliv activity in the Nordmarka (Northern Forest) that lies on the fringe of Oslo, Norway. The objective was to gain a deeper understanding of how friluftsliv practice influences social, cultural, and ecological sustainability particularly in this unique setting where the forest meets the city. In order to sort through the inherent intersectionality of such an experience and depict the current transient and globalized society, the use of myself as the main informant was appropriate in this case. This study discusses the relationships between such concepts of the self, the other, discrimination, competition, various socially constructed binaries, and their complex social, cultural, and ecological manifestations in outdoor activities and beyond. The research consisted of a menagerie of mixed methodological approaches, momentary field notes, reflective journals, and poetic representations. The outcome is an autoethnography consisting of the many layers of personal experience, cultural phenomenon and globally transferable metaphors. The result is an exhibition of personal reflection during activity that ultimately questions the place of reflection in activity. This study adds to the growing discussion on autoethnographic research, intersectionality, human-nature relations, friluftsliv and overall issues concerning social, cultural and ecological (SCE) sustainability which should inspire more sustainable ways youth, outdoor enthusiasts, practitioners, and educators perceive human-nature relations while engaging in outdoor activity and in other SCE contexts.
Masteroppgave - Norges idrettshøgskole, 2014